Considering all the circumstances, it must be said that Celtic did well to strengthen their squad significantly over the course of the recently concluded summer transfer window. The Hoops managed to sign twelve players in total, with ten of them arriving on a permanent basis while two, Jota and Cameron Carter-Vickers, are on season-long loans with an option to buy included in their respective contracts.
One of the biggest additions that the club made this summer is that of Carl Starfelt. The Swedish international was signed from Rubin Kazan.
It is safe to say that he has had a mixed start to life at Celtic but seems to be improving now that he has settled in a bit with his new surroundings. And there are hopes that he can impress moving forward and establish himself as a regular in Ange Postecoglou’s side.
It looks like his former club had no plans of letting Starfelt leave this summer before an offer from Celtic came in. While speaking with Business Gazeta, Rubin Kazan sporting director Oleg Yarovinsky said:
“Then there was a proposal for Karl Starfelt, who we did not initially plan to sell. But we received a good offer for both Karl and us, so we accepted it.”
Starfelt has had a mixed start to life at Celtic
It is very positive that Celtic showed intent this summer and went out and signed the players that the club wanted. Now, it remains to be seen how these players end up performing.
While it has not looked like Starfelt has been at his best ever since arriving at Parkhead, that is understandable considering he is completely new to Scottish football. The progress that he has shown is promising though as it looks like he is much more comfortable now and is slowly starting to come into his own.
He is not the only new centre-back at Celtic though. Carter-Vickers arrived late on transfer deadline day and made a brilliant debut for the club. Thus, Postecoglou could have some solid options to pick from in the heart of defence once everybody is fit.